LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert amid possible risks of increased terrorist threats.
Homeland Security officials said current information suggests that ISIL, Da’esh, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan attacks using conventional and non-conventional weapons in multiple areas as members return from Syria and Iraq.
So far this year, extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets and aviation services.
There have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali. In fact, ISIL has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian jetliner in Egypt.
According to authorities, Americans should remain vigilant of immediate surroundings in public places and when using transportation, especially during the holiday season.
While there is no imminent threat to the U.S. at this time, travelers can expect to see heightened security measures and more thorough screenings at America’s 500 airports during the week of Thanksgiving.
In fact, airport security was increased at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday as a precautionary measure to protect more than two million passengers who are expected to travel through the airport during the holiday period.
Officials advised the public to monitor the media for updates while traveling and to stay in touch with family members to ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
Passengers can also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is a free service to allow U.S. citizens traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Anyone with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.
The worldwide travel alert is set to expire on Feb. 24, 2016.